UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food closes Indonesia visit with end of mission statement – Situation in West Papua needs the Government’s serious attention

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, has completed her visit to Indonesia. Between 9 and18 April 2018, she traveled to various provinces of the island state and met with government representatives, agencies and civil society members and activists. Prior to the visit, the ICP had submitted a joint report on the right to food in West Papua, which was compiled in cooperation with various CSOs and individual experts. On 18 April, the Special Rapporteur gave a press conference in which she shared preliminary observation and seven recommendations. Some observations particularly refer to the right to food situation in West Papua.

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Unprofessional behavior of police officers leads to shooting in Mauwa Village – two villagers sustain bullet injuries

Human rights defenders from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua) have reported a further shooting by police officers in Mauwa Village, Kamu District of Dogiyai Regency. On 6 April 2018, at 8.00 pm police officers came to Mauwa Village to investigate a theft which had been reported by a villager named Arifin. Several young men were protesting against the presence of the police officers at the village. The young men were allegedly acting under the influence of alcohol. An argument between the villagers and the officers arouse, which upon the police officers released three warning shots.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - April 2018 (covering Jan-Mar 2018)

In the first quarter of 2018, the most significant observations are related to violations of the human right to health became significant in the high number of victims of epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition, which occurred in two remote regencies of Papua Province. The cases indicate a pattern of infectious diseases and malnutrition leading to preventable, considerable and chronic mortality in the Papuan population. Human rights defenders did not report of political mass arrests in relation to the restriction of the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly during the reporting period. The ICP did not receive information of political activists being charged with the treason articles 106 and 110 between January and March 2018, as it has been common practice among local law enforcement institutions throughout the past years. In past years all large political demonstrations on West Papuan self-determination usually happened in May and December. The fact that assaults on human rights defenders and obstruction of journalists’ work still occur shows that the Indonesian government continues to control the reporting of critical information on West Papua through strict surveillance of media and activists in the region. The number of extra-judicial killings and victims of torture do not show significant deviations in comparison to previous quarterly reports, leading to the conclusion that there have been no visible improvements in the human rights situation in West Papua throughout the past three months.

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Asian Human Rights Commission urges Indonesian Government to review new Penal Code Bill

The Asian Human Rights Commisson (AHRC) has published a statement in which the organisation criticizes the new version of the Indonesian Penal Code and demands a revision of the bill. The drafting committee should incorporate international human rights principles into the bill and take into account the public input and list of problems that had been discussed in a series of public hearings in the parliament. It is essential that the new penal code does not become a political tool to protect the government and criminalize dissenters and political opponents.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food visits Indonesia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, is currently visiting Indonesia from 9 April to 18 April 2018. The general purpose of the mission is to collect information and examine issues relevant to the right to food. In addition, she will discuss the realization of the right to food in terms of availibility, accessibility and adequacy with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The findings on the country visit are goiong to be compiled in a public report, which will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2019.

 

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Disappointment over court ruling in Poumako Case – military court sentences perpetrator to eight months

The Human Rights Lawyers Association for Papua (PAHAM Papua) published a press release on the 20 March in which the lawyers expressed their disappointment over the court ruling in the Poumako case. The trial was processed at the III-19 Military Court in Jayapura. Chief Brigadier Yusuf Salasar was sentenced to eight months imprisonment which will be reduced by the period of detention. The military prosecutors had demanded a sentence of 15 months imprisonment. PAHAM Papua assessed both,  the court ruling and the demanded sentence by the military prosecutor as disproportionately low. The defendant was charged with the articles 351 (2), (3), which sets a maximum penalty of five, respectively seven years imprisonment.

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Security forces unlawfully arrest 45 university students in Jayapura

On 4 April 2018, members of the local Police, Intelligence (BIN), police special unit ‘BRIMOB’ and the military district comand ‘Kodim 1701 Jayapura’ searched several houses in the residential area ‘Perumnas III Waena’, located in the Heram District of Jayapura. The houses were inhabited by stundents of the Cenderawasih University in Jayapura. 45 students were arrested. Subsequently, the students were brought to the BRIMOB head quarters in Kota Raja and later detained at the Jayapura district police station. Two students were brought to the sub-district police station in Abepura (Polsek Abepura).

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Oral Statement of the 37 th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3- Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food

Franciscans International, VIVAT International, International Coalition for Papua and West Papua Netzwerk, Geneva for Human Rights and Dominicans for Justice and Peace have delivered a joint statement on 2 March 2018 at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was delivered in response to severe cases of malnutrition which have repeatedly occured in remote areas of West Papua throughout the past three years.

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Police officer beats Papuan man at public hospital in Karubaga, Tolikara Regency

The Papuan media outlet ‘Suara Papua’ has documented another case of torture which occurred on 14 March 2018 in the public hospital of Karubaga Town, in the Papuan regency of Tolikara. A member of the police mobile brigade (Brimob) allegedly tortured Yuten Gurik, a Papuan suffering a mental disorder, which is characterized by uncontrolled emotional outbursts. According to family members, the people in Karubaga tolerated his behavior and knew about Yuten Gurik’s state of mental disorder because the outbursts had repeatedly occurred in public spaces.

Around 12.00 pm, Yuten Gurik sustained an emotional outburst in front of the church congregation building Yerusalem Karubaga, near the Jurageme bridge. Thereupon, family members brought him to Karubaga General Hospital. Shortly thereafter, a mobile brigade police officer entered the hospital and saw Yuten Gurik. The officers perceived his behavior as a disturbance of public order and handcuffed him. As Yuten loudly protested against being handcuffed, the police officer repeatedly struck him with a rubber baton.

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Presence of militant Islamic leader in Kerom creates tensions

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua (GKI-TP) has reported of growing concerns over the presence of prominent radical Islamic leader Jafar Umar Thalib (JUT) in the Papuan regency of Kerom. JUT is the founder and head of  ‘Laskar Jihat’, a militant and radical Islamic organization in Indonesia. Official government letters indicate that JUT has moved away from Yogjakarta (Central Java) and is currently residing in Kerom. The presence of JUT has lead to rejection and anxiety among many people in Kerom and Jayapura. According to JPIC, JUT has begun to build an Islamic boarding school (Pesantren) in Kerom and carried out multiple activities promoting the spreading of Islam in Kerom, Jayapura and various other places in Papua.

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